Ronald Collins: Obamacare 'One of the Best Things'

San Carlos councilman responds to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Health Care. Congresswoman Jackie Speier also releases a statement.

San Carlos councilman Ronald Collins spent a good part of Thursday tweeting about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare.

What Collins tweeted:

"As a health insurance agent for almost 31 years, believe me when I say the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare will turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened in this country.

"There are two ways to lower the cost of health care: more efficient delivery of services and cover everybody. There is no way around it.

"Whenever I have asked the question of opponents of this healthcare law 'what is your alternative?,' the response I usually get is silence. We have a private delivery system. Private insurers set the rates.

"You want socialized health care? That's called Medicare, and not a single Medicare client of mine has ever complained that they want to get rid ot it. My only complaint is the long implementation period. Much more needs to happen, but this is a good start."

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released a statement Thursday applauding the provisions of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, calling it "a victory for all Americans."

She writes:

“The Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a victory for every family, including the parents whose children would otherwise be without insurance. This is a victory for seniors who have saved more than $4 billion on their prescription drugs. In 2014, those with pre-existing conditions will no longer be discriminated against by health insurers.

"I am still reading the scope of the Court’s determinations, but the core concept is simple: America wins. Affordable health care is a right, not a privilege.

“The Affordable Care Act is already paying dividends for millions of Americans, including 25 million women who now have access to important preventive services such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, flu and pneumonia shots, and regular well-baby and well-child visits, all without co-pays or other charges.

“Furthermore, starting in 2014, being a woman can no longer be treated as a pre-existing medical condition in the eyes of insurance companies. For example, insurers will be barred from denying coverage for those who have had cesarean sections, survived domestic violence, or who are pregnant.

“Nationwide, health insurers will no longer be able to charge women higher premiums than they charge men of the same age, including regularly charging female nonsmokers more than they would male smokers.

"In short, today marks a turning point in America’s long struggle to make a dream into reality - the dream of affordable health coverage for every American. Work remains, but the goal line is in sight.

“I also want to laud Chief Justice Roberts, who has demonstrated that the Court can be fair and balanced. The Roberts Court has done far more to benefit America than to simply uphold a law."

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Kali July 03, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Well Patch.. looks like I touched a nerve. I guess when you don't like the truth you just delete it. Next time I will print the comments to keeo for my records. Julie Schneider, you don't happen to work for the Patch do you? So much for free speech.
Rick Eymer July 03, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Kali, I love the truth. I don't like distortions of it, and I don't care for rants. You're going to believe what you believe. Period. You think there's only one way to look at things? One source? And I'm sure there's a way to recover all comments, including my own, which I deleted. Not really. The whole conversation turned into nonsense. If you wanted to really give us "facts," you should have listed more than one source. I always say you are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. For example, while FAIR did publish reports that conservative pundits have been quoting (http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/immigrationnaturalizatio/a/caillegals.htm), there's another report that disputes it (http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2007/summer/paranoid-style-redux/getting-immigrat) which the liberal pundits are quoting. Obamacare? http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-is-the-obamacare-penalty-tax-2012-7 http://www.heritage.org/issues/health-care/obamacare http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-facts.php http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120702/NEWS/120709945/1006 http://familydoctormag.com/doctors-office/1291-obamas-health-care-plan-doctors-debate-pros-and-cons.html And you haven't seen any improvements on Bayshore Highway (101) in the past 40 years? Here's a link to a 95-page detailed report on improvements: http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/planning/genplan/pdf/gp/GP%20Ch%2012_Transportation.pdf
Kali July 04, 2012 at 09:16 AM
Rick, Rants/ Nonsense? This is how the Patch treats people. I had a legitimate reason I did not like Obamacare, yet you made the decision to delete all posts based on your beliefs. If this is how my City of San Carlos conducts business, I will take the charities I give to ( what little I have left every month ) and the volunteer work I do and go elsewhere. -EOM
Kali July 04, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Rick, BTW, I will make sure my large circle of friends on the Peninsula are aware of this so they don't bother commenting lest they be deleted if not liked by the staff.
Rick Eymer July 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Kali, I'm so sorry that you feel that way, and if you actually did have a reason, I never saw it. All I saw was that you were using capital letters, giving us a resume of your accomplishments and asking us to not fund research for Autism. My belief is that we should be helping as many people as possible, whatever their status, and providing free education for all. My belief is that the more we spend on education, the less we will have to spend on social programs and prisons down the road. That's just the simple belief. It is obviously more complicated than that, and, of course you are more than welcome to disagree. I'd prefer a discussion rather than an argument. Good luck with your future decisions. It must be very frustrating for you to have to deal with people like me. I'm happy to hear you will at least continue to give to charities and continue your volunteer work wherever you choose to take them. Best wishes, Rick
Julie July 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM
To answer your question Kali ... no, I am not an employee of Patch.
Kali July 11, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Rick, If all you saw is what you listed above, you do not read very well. You deleted the posts I wrote, ( I never saw anything from you ) so no one can see what i wrote. Do not distort my comments. No, I am not going away. I have seen of your responses to other people and you seem to have a bit of god complex concerning the Patch. If you don't like it, you either delete it or make a snarky remark. Maybe you should look in the mirror. Just because you have been a reporter, does make you superior to everyone. This is a comment blog.
Rick Eymer July 11, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Kali, You are certainly free to start a blog. I don't want you to go away. I would love to have you nit pick everything I write. I guess you don't care to know the reasons behind my decision. All I ask is that you be aware that every position has more than one side to it. That's why there's a yes or no box. I am simply disagreeing. Remember you're the one who thinks I'm throwing free speech out the window. I know who I am and I believe in the idea of self-examination. I am truly sorry. No more comments from me on anything you write. Feel free to call me anything you want, feel free to judge me, and think you know me. If you want a discussion, that's great. But if it's just an argument, you've already won. I don't know you, so how can I make a judgment? Honestly, I love people. I know you are basically a good person. I guess those are judgments. "I am human, I contain multitudes."
Bill Bohlen July 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM
"All I saw was that you were using capital letters, giving us a resume of your accomplishments and asking us to not fund research for Autism. My belief is that we should be helping as many people as possible, whatever their status, and providing free education for all. My belief is that the more we spend on education, the less we will have to spend on social programs and prisons down the road." - Rick Eymer - Editor Rick, I thought the patch was supposed to report the news, not push their opinions on us? I totally disagree with what Kali believes, but why would you erase her request for us to stop funding autism research. That is her opinion and it is not for you as a journalist to say whether it is good or not. I was hoping after Kenny left that the San Carlos Patch would get a professional to run the site, I guess not.
Rick Eymer July 12, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Hey Bill, Thanks for the post. Thanks for your opinion.


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